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Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum Bendigo, Victoria

The origins of the Bendigo Sub Branch go back to 1916. The splendid building that houses the Museums collection was completed in 1921 by public subscription, a fitting tribute to the AIF. The RSL was granted tenure of occupancy from that day.The Museums beginning dates back to 1996 and was finally opened to the public in Feb 1998. The collection at present covers from the Boer War to Iraq, medals, diaries, weapons, uniforms, personnel effects, trench art, a library and the Grinton collection "A Camera on the Somme". Such is the collection that we are now rotating items of memorabilia.

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P.O.Box 42 Long Gully Victoria 3550
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+61 (03) 5442 4513

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Opening Hours

Closed for Restoration

Location

37 - 39 Pall Mall Bendigo Victoria

vern sinclair 13 January 2019 11:26 AM

Extremely disappointed with my recent visit.. No longer have we a great collection of military history on display anymore.museum looks more like an art gallery.Total waste of money on refurbishment as is.CURATOR please restore museum to former standard.Will not be recommended to any visitors.TOTALLY DISGUSTED...

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DISCHARGE CERTIFICATE

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Certificate of Discharge re G R FREEMAN No 2485 57th Battalion. Brown colour, black print & written, details, name, rank, number, enlistment & discharge dates & personnel details. Form No 128206 V/B No 45906.

Historical information

George Ross FREEMAN, Ref Reg No's 2057P & 2058.3P.

BOOK - Australia at Arms

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Hard cardboard cover, dark green buckram with gold print on front cover & spine. 265 pages, cut plain light beige paper, illustrated with black & white photos, maps & illustrations. Front & back end papers & fly leaves illustrated in dark green & cream, 2 soldiers in uniform with map in back ground.

MEDAL SET

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Medal Set, court mounted, set of (6) Re B.I WEPPNER. 1. 1939 - 45 2. Pacific Star 3. Defence Medl 4. War Medal Service Medal 5. Australian Service Medal 6. Australian Service Medal 1945 - 75 with clasp 'S W PACIFIC"

Historical information

Beathea Isobel Weppner No VFX126729 enlisted on 22.6.43 in the 2nd AIF. At discharge from the Army she was a Cpl in 2/9th Aust General Hospital. VFX meaning Victorian female.

Inscriptions & Markings

"VFX 126729 B.I., WEPPNER"

PANTS & HAT

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) Pants, long legged, cotton polyester, camouflaged desert pattern. Each leg has a pocket with zips, normal side pockets & one rear, legs have adjustable elastic cords. .2) Hat, floppy, cotton polyester, camouflaged desert pattern. Has adjustable cotton chin strap.

Historical information

DALE HANNAFORD 8435318 Served Afghanistan 2011 Refer 2508, 2510.3

MEDAL SET

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Medals, court mounted, set of (2) re D.W Hart. 1. War Medal 1914-19. 2. Victory Medal.

Historical information

David William Hart No 3529 enlisted on 20.7.15 in 8th reinforcements 21st Batt AIF age 24 years 1 month. Embarked for Eygpt 29.12.15, transfered to 57th Batt 15.3.16, hospital 30.3.16 with sore feet, embarked for France 17.6.16, hospital 29.11.16 with Trench feet, hospital 1.4.17 with Mumps, hospital 1.1.18 with Chilled feet, WIA 25.4.18 GSW left forearm, embarked for Australia 13.4.19, hospital aboard ship 15.4.19 with Contusions, discharged from the AIF on 27.8.19.

Inscriptions & Markings

"3529 D. W Hart 21 BN A.I.F"

CARDS

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) Card sent to Mrs J Hendry from France. .2) Card sent to Mrs J Hendry from France.

Historical information

“Your Bro RTH” relates to Robert Thomas Heard No 5105, KIA. Refer 1893.2P for his service history.

Inscriptions & Markings

.1) Kisses from France .2) From a loving Heart France 3.5.17 Mrs J Hendry 78 Ophir St Golden Square Bendigo Vic. My dear sister Just a card to let you see I am still thinking of home letter follows Your bro RTH.

ALBUM, PHOTOGRAPH

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Dark blue photo album with string and tassels. Six pages, grey background with 22 B&W photos of England and France.

Historical information

The album was owned by Jack Grinton 1043, 38th Batt AIF. Part of the Grinton collection which included hundreds of negatives and developed photos that he took in England and France during WW1. He reproduced many himself in his hut in England prior to going to France. Refer 1317P, 1320P.

Inscriptions & Markings

Hand written remarks in ink under each photo.

T SHIRT

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

T-Shirt, yellow cotton material. On rear is a blue circle inside it a white bird, black leaf motif & map. Front has smaller identical logo.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed around circle: PEACE PEACE MONITORING GROUP

BOOK - One Fourteenth of an Elephant.

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Paper back book. Front cover has two images., a Jap train on a curved wooden trestle bridge, and an image of 4 emancipated POWs. Writing is in white and black ink. Pages 520. Not illustrated.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Donated by Bendigo YMCA"

BOOK - Penciling Prisoner.

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Hard cover book with dust cover. Dust cover - blue background, Image of snow covered dark hills. Orange road in centre. Writing in yellow and black ink. Book - brown buckram. Pages - 195. Illustrated - black and white photos and maps.

PHOTOGRAPH POSTCARD

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Copy of a post card of group of 10 soldiers at Gallipoli getting rid of insects.

Historical information

Copy of original. On rear: 26.3.1915 With best wishes Albert Jacka

PHOTOGRAPHS

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) Bombed building. .2) Bombed building. .3) Bombed hangar. .4) Bombed store building. .5) Water tower with aircraft in background. .6) Bombed 2 storey building. .7) Sunken ship with 2 ships in background. .8) Scrapped aeroplane. .9) Small steam train.

Historical information

Collection of black & white photographs with typed captions detailing some of the destruction of buildings, shipping & equipment during & after the first attack on Darwin by the Japanese (Feb 19th 1942).

Inscriptions & Markings

.1) On back: More RAAF Drome damage. .2) On back: RAAF Drome. No opposition than couple of Wirraways & Kittyhawks. .3) On back: Hangar RAAF Drome when the Nips finished. .4) On back: First bomb on Post Office Darwin. .5) On back: Jap plane (pos zero) flying around water tower, Darwin loco before arrival of Spitfires at Darwin. .6) On back: Bob Dyers bank Darwin. .7) On back: Neptuna on side alongside wharf & 2 ships on mud at low tide Darwin Harbour. .8) On back: Scrap heap Bathelor field. .9) On back: Fly used on wharf at Darwin before Japs bombed wharf & sunk Neptuna standing there.

HELMET

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Helmet, steel with fibreglass lining, leather band & green webbing on inside of lining. Green material chin strap secured with metal buckle. Helmet covered with strips of camouflage material & hessian.

Historical information

American style helmet used by Australian Army.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside: WHI869 Cat No 8415.50.758.5792

FOOT PROTECTORS

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Stainless steel plates fitted into GP boots under the inner sole. .1) Left foot. .2) Right foot.

Historical information

Items issued to Peter BALL 3796117 Vietnam with 8RAR 1970. Enlisted 22.4.1969 - discharged 22.4.1971. Army Reserve 24.6.1978 - 18.2.1981, A Coy 16RWAR. The plates were designed to protect soldier's feet from items ie Punji Stakes from piercing the soles of the boots.

BOOK - Blood and Iron

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Dark brown hard cover with dark brown dust jacket. Picture on front of dust jacket of group of soldiers crossing a fast flowing river. 432 pages. Lex McAuley, Author.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on title page: Donated by Len Bucher family.

BADGE & COLOUR PATCH

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Mounted on dark grey cardboard backing with metal Rising Sun lapel badge & triangular red colour patch, Camel Corp.

LICENSE

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Driver's license issued to KG Shugg. Tan cloth covered, triple fold, license no. 94281.

TRENCH ART

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Cheese knife, Blade brass set into a .303 cartridge, affixed to the base of the cartridge is a silver coin of the same diameter, with arabic / Turkish writting

MEDAL SET

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Medal set, court mounted, set of (6) Re. D.F.V. HUFER. 1. 1939 - 45 Star 2. Pacific Star 3. War Medal 1939 - 45 4. Australian Service Medal 5. Efficiency Decoration Medal 6. Efficiency Medal

Historical information

Daniel Vervon Frank Hufer "ED" No VX52861 enlisted in the 2nd AIF on 7.4.41. He was a POW of the Japanese. At discharge from the Army he was a Lieutenant in 2/29th Aust Infantry Batt. Awarded the Efficiency Decoration. He served in the 38th Batt pre and post WW11.

Inscriptions & Markings

"VX 52861 D.F.V. HUFER"

COLOUR PATCHES

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

x 1 pair of WWII 2/8th Infantry Battalion colour patches mounted on card, grey background felt, rectangle. Colour patches, of new appearance, are white over red felt material.

Inscriptions & Markings

The card has a typed list of 2/8th Battle Honours.

BOOK - Blood, Sweat and Tears

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Khaki buckram hardcover book with dust jacket. Dust jacket has title in red and black and white photo of soldiers. 503 pages with black and white photos.

Historical information

ISBN 0670040844.

Inscriptions & Markings

"To Dad, John WH Toon OAM NSJ VX30397 8 Div AASC Petrol Coy. From Andrew & Denise Xmas 2004"

POSTCARD

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Rectangular hand coloured post card

Historical information

Sent by FRANK BARNES (AIF 4156) TO UNA FRANKLING of Harcourt. Refer 2380 for details re Frank Barnes.

Inscriptions & Markings

Convoy seen from escorting battleship

ALBUM, PHOTOGRAPH

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

TINS

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

two rectangular blue tins marked "ointment anti-gas no. 5" Usage instructions on front and back in black print. Inside has cardboard dividers for individual containers.

BOOK - Great Battlefields of the World

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Book, green buckram with gold print & dust jacket. Jacket background is yellow with red & black print & 3D drawing of a battlefield. 200 pages. Illustrated with maps, 3D drawings & photos.

Inscriptions & Markings

From Bishop Noel Daly's collections 2004

MEDAL SET

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Medals, court Mounted, set of (3) Re Nurse- sister F. Killicoat. 1. 1914-15 Star. 2. War Medal 1914-19. 3. Victory Medal.

Historical information

Frances Madge Killicoat enlisted on 5.11.15 in the Australian Army Nursing Service. She was discharged from the AIF on her marriage to Capt S.O.Coen AAMC on 18.11.18. She had 5 brothers in the AIF, one DOW's and one awarded a DCM.

Inscriptions & Markings

1. "Nurse/Sister F.M Killicoat, ANS A.F 2. "S - Nurse F.M Killicoat A.I.F" 3. "Sister F.M Killicoat A.I.F"

MIRROR & WALLET

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) Emergency signaling mirror with cord and aiming post made of polished metal .2) Bag to carry mirror made of cotton

Historical information

Items belonged to Maxwell Lennox Matheson No 418447 RAAF. Refer 1959 for his service record.

Inscriptions & Markings

Has instructions on the back of mirror

BOOK - The Boer War 1899-1900

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

PHOTOGRAPH, FRAMED

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Wiliam Moyle in uniform with rifle.

Historical information

Photo taken of William Moyle in England before embarking for France. Refer 1260.3 for his service history.

Inscriptions & Markings

Label at bottom: "Wiliam Moyle 28/11/1916"

TRENCH ART

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) Cheese and butter knife, silver/chrome plated. .303 cartridges with curved knife blade attached to the projectile. .2) Same as .1)

Historical information

Items belonged to Arthur C Clarke VX79039, 2nd AIF. Refer 532 for main details.

Inscriptions & Markings

.2) "1941, HA, MH"